Black Linguistics: Language, Society and Politics in Africa and the Americas / Edition 1

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Overview

Written exclusively by Black scholars on behalf of, and in collaboration with local communities, the book looks at the commonalities and differences among Black speech communities in Africa and the Diaspora. Topics include: * the OJ Simpson trial * language issues in Southern Africa and Francophone West Africa * the language of Hip Hop * the language of the Rastafaria in Jamaica With a foreword by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the linguistic implications of colonization.
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Editorial Reviews

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'This book will be of interest not only to people whose focus is language varieties used by Blacks, but also to those concerned with a critical history of linguistics, to anthropologists and sociolinguists, particularly those working on language policy and planning, variation, and language in education.' - Kay McCormick, University of Cape Town
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415261371
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/19/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sinfree Makoni is Associate Professor in Linguistics, Applied Language Studies and African American Studies at Penn State University, USA. Geneva Smitherman is University Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA, and Director of My Brother's Keeper Program in Detroit. Arthur K. Spears is Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the City University of New York, USA. Arnetha Ball is Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University, USA.
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Table of Contents

List of figures and table
Foreword
Introduction: toward Black Linguistics 1
1 Ideologies of language and socially realistic linguistics 21
2 "We are the streets": African American Language and the strategic construction of a street conscious identity 40
3 Sound and power: the language of the Rastafari 60
4 Promoting African languages as conveyors of knowledge in educational institutions 83
5 Language policies and language education in Francophone Africa: a critique and a call to action 103
6 Contradiction or affirmation? The South African language policy and the South African national government 117
7 From misinvention to disinvention of language: multilingualism and the South African Constitution 132
8 Linguistic profiling 155
9 "Whassup, homeboy?" Joining the African Diaspora: Black English as a symbolic site of identification and language learning 169
10 US and South African teacher's developing perspectives on languages and literacy: changing domestic and international roles of linguistic gate-keepers 186
List of contributors 215
Index 221
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